An attempt to recover the Po'ouli by translocation and an appraisal of recovery strategy for bird species of extreme rarity

Groombridge, Jim J. and Massey, J. Gregory and Bruch, James C. and Malcolm, Trent R. and Brosius, Christopher N. and Okada, Marcy M. and Sparklin, Bill D. and Fretz, J. Scott and VanderWerf, Eric A. (2004) An attempt to recover the Po'ouli by translocation and an appraisal of recovery strategy for bird species of extreme rarity. Biological Conservation, 118 (3). pp. 365-375. ISSN 0006-3207. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

The Po'ouli (Melamprosops phaeosoma), a Hawaiian honeycreeper endemic to Maui, has a population of only three known individuals; no breeding pair currently exists, and their home ranges are too far apart for breeding to occur. Without timely intervention this monotypic genus will likely go extinct. Conservationists have faced a dilemma: facilitate breeding amongst the known individuals, manage their ecosystem to benefit uncounted Po'ouli, or a combination of both? Po'ouli biology is poorly known - but their remote home ranges are closely monitored. A State and Federal Environmental Assessment in 1999 recommended that one Po'ouli be translocated into the home range of another in an attempt to facilitate breeding. This first manipulative recovery action was achieved in April 2002, and provided valuable new information for future captive management efforts, but upon release, radio telemetry confirmed that the translocated bird returned to its own home range after one day. We describe the recent progress that has been made to recover the Po'ouli, and critically evaluate the Po'ouli case study and the lessons learned from it that can help expedite recovery of other birds of extreme rarity. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Po'ouli; Translocation; Honeycreeper; Endangered; Recovery
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Depositing User: Nicola Kerry-Yoxall
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:03
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 07:53
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/200 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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